Obama’s solitary confinement ban part of criminal justice push

 

As part of President Obama’s overall push to overhaul the criminal justice systemand confront racial disparities, he announced late Monday that he has directed federal prisons to no longer use solitary confinement for juveniles and low-level offenders.

In July, he had asked the Justice Department to review the Bureau of Prison’s use of solitary confinement, and its resulting report outlined 50 “guiding principles” that would limit the federal prison system’s practice of isolating certain prisoners from the rest of the inmate population.

 

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